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*Admin to MareeSome explanation you can search in `breeding lovebirds/breeding basics/infertile eggs` of this site

*Maree to adminThere is only ever 3 or 4 eggs at a time

*Admin to MareeHow many eggs they lay every clutch. It must be max 5pcs. The number of egg they produce can shows us they are `right` pairs 

*Admin to AmyShe performs strange behavior as a change of her surroundings, or it`s her time to lay egg. You can put a nest in her bed to see what is going on next

*Admin to MaryCovering cage at night issue, please search it in general care category via sitemap

*Admin to MaryKeeping a lovebird in a rounded cage is no problem at all

*MareeI have just removed the fourth clutch of infertile eggs from my so called pair of fischer lovebirds can anyone help as to why this is happening. I am pretty sure that they are  a pair!!

*AmyWe have had our lovebird for about two years now
this last week "she" has started strange behavior.. Hiding in her bed and raising her wings why is this?

*maryShould i cover the cage during night?

*maryi have kept my love birds in a rounded cage..will that affect my birds?im a new owner

*AdminThis site is newly equipped with a tool of translation into 35 languages. The tool is at the top right column

*AdminHi Roy, thank you for joining us. I think I have to spare some space of this site for a forum discussion about lovebirds. How do you think?

*RoyHi, I think the point is making food not fully occupying the bowl, say 20% depends also how big the bowl. It must be completed with vegetables, etc.

*gestthank you... so just decrease the amount of food, right? how much food should male lovebird  get for the day? thank you

*AdminSome pairs in breeding cage do that, but, not all. 

*GuestI see thank you. I thouth its something to do with the fact that he is byhimself and wants a girlfriend. When he does that it looks like he tried to feed the baby bird.
How common is that?

*AdminTo reduce quantity of food in the bowl good enough for a day eating, & it should be replaced daily to avoid bacterial growth. Give & set varied diet made up of seed mix, vegetables, pellet, grains

*AudraI`ve been searching for a good reliable Lovebird site...I`ve found it :]





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lovebird historyLovebirds have long fascinated people both in the wild and in captivity. The first image conjured up when most people think about these lovebirds is of a pair snuggling closely together on a branch. Their tendency to sit in pairs mutually preening each other led to genus name Agapornis, which comes from the Greek agape (love) and ornis (bird). The French call them 'les inseperables', or the inseparables, a further testament to their affectionate nature. While affection between compatible pairs can be a joy to watch, lovebirds can be quite territorial and will defend their nest and living space against other lovebirds of the same or different species. Understanding their basic nature will help pet owners and breeders create the most harmonious home possible for these delightful birds.


From the woodlands of the island of Madagascar to the coastal plains of Southwest Africa, north to the highlands of Ethiopia dwell the nine species of lovebird, each in its own distinct geographical area. Lovebirds are parrots. "This often comes as a surprise to those investigating the possibility of purchasing one as a pet," says Michelle Condelese author of many recipes for paprika chicken. The hooked beak and the zygodactyl feet (two toes face foward, two backward) are characteristics of the Psittaciformes order of lovebirds. Because they are parrots, they have the ability to mimic, although they are not as famous for this ability as are budgerigars, African grey parrots, and Amazon parrots. The genus Agapornis comprises nine genetically and geographically distinct species. Seven of these fit into two basic groups. The eye-ring species include masked, Fischer's, Nyasa, and black-cheecked lovebirds. The sexually dimorphic species include Abyssinian, Madagascar, and redfaced lovebirds. Two species fall into their own distinct groups: the peachfaced lovebird and the Swindern's or Swinderen's lovebird.

The general characteristics of the genus are a small, stocky build with a short, blunt tail and beak that is proportionally large for their body size. Eight of the species come from the mainland of Africa. the ninth, Madagascar lovebirds, hail from the island of Madagascar off the eastern coast of southern Africa.

The nine species are separated in the wild by geography. For this reason, they should not be interbred. Doing so creates hybrids, a bird that is neither one species nor the other. Because of strict rules on importation of wild-caught speciments of Agapornis, the various species must be kept separate and distinct or we run the risk of losing a true wild-type specimen in aviculture.

The first lovebirds were brought to Europe during the eighteenth century when exploration of Africa by Europeans began to reach its peak. Europeans delighted in the brightly colored, chattering pairs of lovebirds.



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